IMA has waited for one year since it postponed its Satyagraha scheduled on 16th November 2015. In the last one year, the Ministry of Health, Government of India has not taken our demands seriously. On the contrary, they have decided to abolish Medical Council of India and replace it with a National Medical Commission. National Medical Commission will be constituted by members nominated by Government of India and roughly half of them will be non medical persons. Ayurvedics, Homeopaths and others will get registration in NMC through Schedule IV. Private medical colleges will be let free to fleece the students. Medical graduates will have to take a licentiate exam after final MBBS to practice as a doctor.
To recapitulate, IMA wants the following:
- Withdrawal of proposed NMC Bill and suitable amendments in Indian Medical Council Act, maintaining the professional autonomy.
- Insulation of doctors by bringing a Central Act against violence on doctors and hospitals.
- Amendment in Consumer Protection Act to cap the compensations.
- Suitable amendments in Clinical Establishment Act to change the licensing system to an accreditation system and to exclude single doctor clinics from CEA.
- Suitable amendments in PCPNDT Act by which only acts linked with sex selective abortion are penalized and not clerical errors.
- Proper implementation of rights to prescribe Scheduled Drugs exclusively by modern medicine doctors.
We expect all States and Local Branches of IMA to organize a peaceful dharna before the district collectorate on 16th November 2016 from 11am to 1 pm.
Invite the Media and release a standard press release.
Submit the standard memorandum addressed to the Prime Minister to the district magistrate. Kindly ensure that the dharna is successful and a large number of doctors participate.
A further plan of action will follow.
Photographs of the dharna along with the press note may be released in the regional and national press with a copy to IMA HQs.
Injustice to doctors has been taken so casually by the Government. Let us unite in the cause of generations of upcoming doctors.